Last Call: Digital Bolex D16 to be Discontinued

A blog post from Elle Schneider on the Digital Bolex site reveals the sad news: after 30 June 2016 at 11:59 PM PST (that’s this Thursday night, folks), the D16 digital cine camera will no longer be sold. The website and support functions will continue, but the camera itself will no longer be available.

Digital Bolex D16 cameras
Digital Bolex D16 cameras

No details were provided behind the decision to discontinue the D16, though the blog posting offers a number of hypothetical contributing factors. There’s a live UStream hangout at noon PDT on June 30th during which more information may become available.

The camera has an enthusiastic following among those who know it; its unusual design is surprisingly pleasant to use, and its color rendering is sublime.

I shot a video interview with Digital Bolex’s Joe Rubinstein at NAB 2014.

Joe Rubinstein shows off D16 footage at the NAB 2014 CML gathering
Joe Rubinstein shows off D16 footage at the NAB 2014 CML gathering
The D16's skintone rendering is really quite nice.
The D16’s skintone rendering is really quite nice
Carlos Acosta of Solid Camera wields a D16 while Jim Mathers of the Digital Cinema Society looks on
Carlos Acosta of Solid Camera wields a D16 while Jim Mathers of the Digital Cinema Society looks on

Keep an eye on the Digital Bolex website for more info, and if you were on the fence about getting one, this is your last chance for a brand-new one.

Last call, ladies and gents, the bar is about to close…

1 thought on “Last Call: Digital Bolex D16 to be Discontinued”

  1. I know a guy who has one. Constant buzz on the audio, not so good battery life, impractical ergonomics.

    But he loves it.

    I get it: I also own ridiculous gorgeous things.

    I’m pretty sure the prices on ebay will go wayyyy up !

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